|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1829|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 1916|
Mr. Almon Thompson Adkins, one of Coal Creek's oldest and best known citizens, died Thursday night, February 11th at 7:00 o'clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George H. Disney, after a lingering illness of several months. Mr. Adkins was 86 years of age, therefore being one of the oldest citizens. He was born in Campbell county, near what is now known as Lindsay Mill, October 6, 1829. He remained with his father until he became of age, and then, having a desire to see the West he took a trip to the central portion of Illinois, where he remained for two years. On account of his illness he was forced to return to his native home in Campbell county. When he had sufficiently recovered he removed to Coal Creek to live with his brother-in-law, Robinson Leach, and assist him in tending his father's farm, on which a goodly portion of the town of Coal Creek now stands.
In his early life upon the farm he obtained a meager start in his education in the then limited free schools. By an extra effort on his part he obtained a common school education sufficient to become a teacher in the common schools and taught many primary schools in the state and some in the Middle West. He also served as Justice of the Peace from 1876 to 1889.
On January 1, 1856, he was happily married to Emarine Leach Keeney, youngest daughter of Michael and Polly Keeney. To their union eight children were born, all of whom lived to man-hood and woman-hood. Each one receiving a good education ranging from a common school to a University.
He was converted when a young man and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. In June of 1909 he united with the Methodist Episcopal church, here, and was a consistent member of same at the time of his death. He was a student of the Bible and was very much concerned about the advancement of God's kingdom in this place. The church has lost an esteemed member; our town a noble character.
He is survived by four sons: Milton Kelly Adkins of this place (Coal Creek); James Grant Adkins of Ardmore, Alabama; Joseph Randall Adkins of Elys, Kentucky; and Lincoln Keeney Adkins of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also two daughters Mrs. Alice Dean West of Ponea, Oklahoma and Mrs. Malinda Jane Disney of this place (Coal Creek). The wife and one son, Dr. Richard Byron Adkins and one daughter, Mrs. Mossie Ann Massengill, having preceeded him to the better world.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock. Rev. Ernest M. Ritchey officiating. Interment was in the Leach Cemetery.
Emarine Leach Keeney Adkins (1834 - 1894)
Joseph Randall Adkins (1867 - 1922)*
Lincoln Keeney Adkins (1878 - 1963)*
Note: very interesting headstone
Maintained by: Dan Graves
Originally Created by: San Adams
Record added: Sep 24, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11811300
Rest in peace, Mr. Adkins.|
Added: Jan. 16, 2011